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Slime City Massacre (2010)
Over the years I’ve been introduced to the cinema of Greg Lamberson slowly but surely and something in the “firsts” department for me as I actually met Mr. Lamberson before I ever saw a single movie that he had done. Back in 2005 I attended a convention that he was at and got to talking with him a bit. I know who he was (mainly because I’m a huge Frank Henenlotter nerd and knew Greg was the assistant director of Henenlotter’s film “Brain Damage”) and I became more intrigued when I found out he actually had a directing career of his own. The first film of his that I ever saw was the original “Slime City” and I was hooked ever since. I was already a fan of “Street Trash” another New York City slime movie and after seeing “Slime City” I immediately began recommending it to others that hadn’t seen it. The results were positive more often than not, and fast forward to a few years later when the “Slime City Grindhouse Collection” was released on DVD showcasing all of Lamberson’s feature film work. It was around this time I had heard that Lamberson was beginning to make a sequel of sorts to his 1988 cult classic “Slime City”. Personally I was excited for the project and my excitement actually grew after watching his films in the collection I mentioned above. If there’s one great thing I can say about Greg Lamberson it’s the fact that he’s never confused about the type of movies he’s making. He knows exactly what he’s attempting to make and how to get it there without a lot of money. After watching “Slime City Massacre” I can safely say that is the case once again.
“Slime City Massacre” follows up on the happenings in the first film, although it does so on a much larger scale. In the original film we basically saw a man named Alex, who is basically turning into slime can have his whole existence ruined by such a thing. Now in the sequel we have a dirty bomb hit New York City, turning it into a wasteland where people are doing anything they can to survive. The film also gives us some back story into how this all got started in the late 1950s and evolved into what it is today. We also have a group of characters of course that get infected after drinking some bottles of wine that they managed to scavenger while in a desolate part of town known as Slime City. We witness their transformation into slime monsters that have to kill so that there body can feed and regenerate itself. This of course causes all kinds of carnage that makes this movie a lot of fun to sit through.
One thing I will say about “Slime City Massacre” that also shows in Lamberson’s other films is the fact that he doesn’t really use bad actors in his films. I have to say that talking about films on a independent level that it’s incredibly refreshing to see this. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sat down to watch a independent flick that has a good script, good effects and a solid amount of money behind it fail miserably because there isn’t one damn actor in the film. Not the case in anything I’ve seen of Lamberson’s and “Slime City Massacre” is no exception. Jennifer Bihl and Kealan Patrick Burke do a great job in the two lead roles and the supporting cast is pretty good here also. Veteran horror scream queen Debbie Rochon shows up here and does well as the character Alice, who by the way has one of the weirdest and most memorable scenes in the entire movie (sorry, but I’m not going to spoil this one) which was awesome to see.
Something else that the film deserves credit for is the fact that although it doesn’t have the greatest special effects in the world, it manages to pull off some great stuff. They are a few moments of dodgy computer graphics in the film, but it’s so off the wall anyway that it’s more than forgivable. The practical stuff in the film is simple, but extremely effective. It also helps that Lamberson clearly knows how to shoot to a movie’s strength and avoid it’s weaknesses.
I have to admit going into it that I was paying extremely close attention to something because of what I had noticed from watching the “Slime City Grindhouse Collection”. During the viewing of those films I noticed that all of Lamberson’s scripts seem to be incredibly tight. Meaning that what needs to be in the film is there and all of the filler is pretty much deleted, causing a great pace for the films. Once again Lamberson manages to do that here too as the film movies along at a great pace and never had me bored or wandering off for a second. I was actually interested in the characters and what they were going to do next and this is also something that a lot of indy flicks simply miss the point on.
Overall I have to say that “Slime City Massacre” lives up to its expectations every step of the way, making one of the most impressive independent efforts I’ve seen in a long time. Plus, I think it’s a film that’s going to have legs way after it’s initial release. Basically I can see the film having the shelf life that it’s predecessor had. So don’t be surprised to be in the video store of the future in 15/20 years and hearing all kinds of people asking if they carry “Slime City Massacre”. Because this one is most likely going to garner that type of attention from hardcore fans as well as new ones in the years to come. “Slime City Massacre” is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit right now so see it if you get the chance. Otherwise, wait for the DVD release because this is one that I don’t think you’ll want to miss. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Rating - ***1/2